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The Netherlands has a long tradition in theoretical physics which involves research performed at university institutes, industrial laboratories, and government institutions. The strength of this research area is, for a large part, based on the unity of methods employed in a wide range of applications. This manifests itself both in scientific research and in academic education.

The Dutch Research School of Theoretical Physics (DRSTP) was established in 1993 to structure and coordinate the graduate education in theoretical physics. The school is a cooperation between the theoretical physics groups of six Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), University of Groningen (RUG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Utrecht University (UU) (commissioner) and of the National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef). In addition, there are several associate members.

The DRSTP was accredited in 1994 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)/Research School Accreditation Committee (ECOS) (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoekscholen) and reaccredited in 1999, 2004 and 2010.

In 2017 members of a selected review committee (Prof. Daan Frenkel; Prof. Anne Davis and Prof. Peter Wölfle) were asked to perform a review of the DRSTP over the period 2010-2016, in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (2015-2021). The School scored three times excellent for:
Quality of the PhD educational programme;
Relevance of the DRSTP's educational activities to society;
Viability of the DRSTP.

The School has been accredited for another six years (2017-2023). A detailed report from the committee members is available here.
This report presents the review and assessments by the committee, based on the information in the provided documentation and gathered during the site visit in Utrecht.
This recognizes and endorses the prominent role the DRSTP has been playing in the Dutch Theoretical Physics community since its inception in 1994 in maintaining high standards of excellence in both research and graduate education.

* Reaccreditation News, 29 November 2017
* Article Leidsch Dagblad, 1 November 2017

The Mission Statement provides further details about the objectives of the DRSTP.

Breaking news:

(Delta ITP) The last work of Anton Quelle (former UU PhD student) and Cristiane Morais Smith (UU), together with the Swedish team (Thomas Kvorning and Hans Hansson) is making its way.... Martijn Calmthout... published in the Volkskrant 2 May 2018.

Press release


Upcoming DRSTP events:

PhD Defense
Drian van der Woude (UU)
Date and Time: Monday 4 June 2018 at 12h45
Location: Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Thesis title: Primordial non-gaussianity in the effective field theory of large scale structure
Promotor: Prof. S.J.G. Vandoren
Co-Promotor: Dr. E. Pajer

Guido van Miert (UU)
Date and Time: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 14h30
Location: Academy Building, Domplein 29, Utrecht
Thesis title: Dirac cones and defect charges
Promotor: Prof. C. Morais Smith
Co-Promotor: Dr. C. Ortix

DRSTP PhD Day (Friday, 19 October 2018)

DRSTP National Seminar Theoretical High Energy Physics (THEP) (Friday, 16 November 2018)

Upcoming Delta ITP events:

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Holography

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Quantum and Topological Matter

Delta ITP Triangle meetings: Theoretical Cosmology


Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics I (spring 2018)
Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics II (fall 2018)


Other upcoming events:

Community Building Day, DIEP (Friday, 25 May 2018)
The Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP) is a new interdisciplinary research centre across the fundamental sciences with the purpose of furthering the understanding of emergent phenomena.
Save the date: May 25th 2018
Integrated in the NWA Route 5 community day on Friday 25 May, DIEP invites all those who try to connect different levels of reality: those who coarse-grain or fine-grain their theories, those who build microscopic theories in order to understand emergent phenomena at a larger scale, those who model physical systems at different scales, those who try to understand how novel behaviour such as self-assembly takes place, those who try to understand how classical physics emerges from the quantum world and those who think about the philosophical aspects of emergence.
More information on the DIEP initiative and registration for the community building day is most conveniently done on these webpages:

Last update: 17-05-2018, 15.55